Dog and Cat Dental Care
Dental care is an important part of your pet’s wellness care, and professional dental treatments are among the most common procedures we perform for both cats and dogs. At Buckley Veterinary Hospital, we will perform a thorough dental examination during your pet’s annual wellness exam.
Professional Preventative Dental Care For Your Pet
Our professional dental care includes complete ultrasonic scaling, root planing, polishing, and extractions as needed. We place your pet under anesthesia and remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment (just like your dentist does!). We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing. We will perform a comprehensive oral exam and check each tooth for movement, gingival pockets, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease, and perform dental x-rays.
At Buckley Veterinary Hospital, we recognize that pets need special care, specific to their individual needs. For instance, some pets have a great temperament and minimal dental needs. In this case, our trained staff will evaluate and educate you, as a pet owner, on the benefits of a non-anesthetic teeth cleaning, otherwise known as a PDCA (Preventative Dental Cleaning and Assessment). A PDCA is a means to maintain your pet's teeth while awake, without the use of anesthesia. The pet rests comfortably in the trained technicians lap while they assess, clean and polish your pet’s teeth. This procedure will allow us to truly provide your pet with a treatment plan for their specific dental needs.
At-Home Pet Dental Care
We also recommend regular home care to prevent the buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Nowadays, there are several products available to help keep plaque to a minimum. For a list of accepted dental products of the Veterinary Oral Health Council please vist http://www.vohc.org/all_accepted_products.html. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, can progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. If left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the teeth, possibly leading to bone loss. The infection under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys, and heart.
- Common signs of dental disease in pets include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
If your dog or cat exhibits any of the signs of dental disease, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange for a dental exam.